A certified charter boat is designed and built under exacting United States Coast Guard rules and regulations. The Coast Guard is involved from the planning stages through construction. Each vessel is then given a stability test to determine how many passengers can be safely carried on certain bodies of water in extreme weather conditions. The vessel must be reexamined and inspected every 5 years, with a safety inspection every year.
The vessel must also have a Captain that is licensed by the US Coast Guard. Applicants must pass a series of written exams and demonstrate ship-handling skills to obtain a Captain’s license. The Coast Guard also monitors the amount of sea time logged every 5 years to confirm that the Captain's skills are kept sharp enough to warrant renewal of the license.
Why It's Important to Support Licensed Mariners
Supporting a maritime business that has taken great care to ensure your safety by following detailed laws regarding vessel maintenance and emergency preparedness means not having to worry about taking your loved ones out on an adventure. Supporting licensed mariners and well trained crew also helps them stay trained, and further ensures your safety aboard. A successful mariner may pass their skills on to their own children, furthering our rich regional history of seamanship and a deep respect for our natural environment.
What to Look for
On any boat you are considering for charter, look for the "Certificate of Inspection" sticker located near the boarding area.